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Tearing the World ApartBob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century$
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Nina Goss and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813329

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
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Tearing the World Apart
Author(s):
Nina Goss, Eric Hoffman
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Bob Dylan's output in the new millennium. It traces how Dylan's embrace of capitalist culture is perhaps not so much a resignation as it is a final rejection of a generation whose voice he did not want to represent. For Bob Dylan's voice is not the voice of a single postwar American generation, but rather a voice that is in many ways outside time, an American voice that derives from a rich musical tradition, from folk music to rock and roll, from Tin Pan Alley to bluegrass, from jazz to Western swing, from blues to ballads. It is, moreover, a uniquely poetic voice, and one that brings with it a lyrical tradition that stretches back to the French trouvères, forward to the Beats and beyond.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, new millenium, capitaist culture, postwar American generation, folk music, rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, Beats

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